My alter ego as the frugal foodie held out hope that these pasta sauces would prove to be nothing special. After all, tomato sauce is tomato sauce, right? Right??
For as long as I can remember I have picked up the special of the week, never paying more than $1-$2 for a good-sized jar of pasta sauce … in fact, scoffing at those foolish enough to spend upwards of $5 on such an inexpensive commodity.
Yet, in the back of my mind I knew that Amy’s would somehow work their magic to make an ordinary food extraordinary … and so begins my love-hate relationship with Amy’s Organic Kitchen. How could I not love them for packaging the most incredible pasta sauces that my family has ever tasted? Okay, hate is too strong of a word, but my pocketbook was not pleased when it was opened a bit wider for a formerly frugal go-to meal.
As a consolation, this pasta sauce is so good, that few other ingredients need to be purchased to make this a fabulous meal. Pasta, a side of broccoli, and there you have it; the rest is simply extra. Honestly, now that we have tasted these fresh, bold, and flavorful pasta sauces, I don’t think it will be possible for my husband and I to return to those cheap jars of Classico.
Each sauce had such a wonderful sweetness that I scoured the labels three times, insistent that their must be sugar amongst the ingredient list. Yet, not a speck could be found. Just tomatoes, onions, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, spices, and sea salt. Unbelievable, the sweetness was purely natural, from the plethora of organic tomatoes packed into each jar. I could only imagine the incredible quality of these simplistic ingredients; able to escalate regular tomato sauce to become the focal point of each meal.
Let the truth be told, while I like it, pasta sauce had never before wowed me, and too much of the tomato stuff was far too acidic for my tastes. But with Amy’s Pasta Sauce I actually grabbed a spoon after one meal to “clean” out the jar. I shoveled in and savored each mini-spoonful until that jar was spotless!
Roasted Garlic – I love it when one look at the sauce literally shouts garlic at me. Little chopped bits of garlic dotted this robust sauce for a heavenly flavor. My husband usually complains a touch though if there is too much garlic, but not a peep did he make. We both lavished in the richness.
Tomato Basil – I have grown to love pesto, but I am not a super taster when it comes to the almighty basil leaf. I felt like the flavors in this sauce married perfectly for a wonderfully pleasing sauce that could accompany just about any Italian inspired entrée.
Low Sodium – Alas, my husband and I really appear to be salt addicts. Who knew? While not bad, this sauce hit our taste buds with too much sweetness from the organic ripened tomatoes. It needed that contrasting bite that a good dose of sodium offers. Perhaps the right blend of spices could take this marinara to the heights it deserves, but I must admit, there is something special about salt. That being said, I have never fallen in love with a low sodium packaged product (aside from low sodium tamari or soy which I do prefer).
Family Marinara – Delicious, your all around go to sauce.
I had my eye on the Puttanesca and who doesn’t love garlic and mushroom? But alas those two Amy’s flavors are not dairy-free. Of those we trialed, I would probably always lean toward the garlic … really for a strange affinity I have to the ingredient more than the actual product itself … all of the higher sodium sauce captured my taste buds. Each time I cracked open a jar of this liquid gold I knew that our meal would be taken to the next level, and as usual, Amy’s didn’t let me down.
Where to Purchase: Amy's products are sold throughout the US, in most grocers. But shop around though, as many mainstream grocers mark Amy's products up far beyond the prices in natural food stores (surprisingly). Of course, you can also purchase many Amy's products, including the these sauces, direct from the Amy's Store.